Japan gov't takes emergency steps, PM Naoto Kan asks people to stay calm

11 Mar

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks following a massive earthquake in northern Japan at a press conference in his office Tokyo on March 11, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

March 11, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / KYODO NEWS)  — Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan set up emergency headquarters on Friday at his office immediately after a devastating earthquake struck northeastern Japan and decided to send the Self-Defense Forces and other rescue teams as soon as possible to hard-hit areas, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

”The damage has occurred across a wide range of areas, particularly in the country’s northeastern part,” Kan told an emergency news conference. ”Our government will make all-out efforts to secure people’s safety and minimize the damage caused by the earthquake.”

Kan also asked the public to stay calm and keep abreast of the latest information concerning the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred at 2:46 p.m.

Death toll from Japan quake rises to 59, Kyodo News reported.

Fire reported at more than 80 locations after quake.

10,000 people stuck at Narita airport,  1,100 peopl

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